It Takes a Court
Northwestern University - School of Law
April 29, 2010
Syracuse Law Review, Vol. 60, p. 221, 2010
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper, 10-17
In the standard account of Caperton v. Massey Energy, it is a complex story about judicial elections, campaign contributions, conflicts of interest and the Due Process Clause. In another sense, however, it is a much more mundane story about poor judicial role modeling, in which an insensible West Virginia Supreme Court justice became notorious only because the followed the bad example of the United States Supreme Court itself. This article explains why courts of last resort (both SCOTUS and state supreme courts) should refer recusal motions to the entire court, rather than allow disqualification to be decided solely by the challenged justice.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: Judicial Ethics, Recusal, Conflicts of Interest, Judicial Disqualification, Courts
JEL Classification: K19, K40
Date posted: April 29, 2010 ; Last revised: May 11, 2010
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